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Success! Kul from Cambodia raised $446 to fund life-changing surgery so he can live pain-free.

Kul
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  • $446 raised, $0 to go
$446
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kul's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2022.

Photo of Kul post-operation

August 31, 2022

Kul underwent life-changing surgery so he can live pain-free.

Kul and his wife traveled two hours to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre, where he underwent successful surgery to amputate his foot and help him heal. Kul spent several weeks in the hospital while the surgeons monitored his recovery, and he is healing well! The physiotherapy team will help Kul receive a prosthesis if he desires, but in the meantime, they instructed Kul on the proper use of crutches. Kul is thankful to have his wife and nephew as a support system. He looks forward to daily walks with his wife and learning to use the crutches well so he can visit his favorite pagoda.

Kul’s wife said, “We are grateful for the care Kul received and hope he continues to feel better. We are glad that CSC can offer this care to people here and wish to thank the strangers who helped to pay for Kul’s surgery.”

Kul and his wife traveled two hours to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, where he underwent successful surgery to amputate his...

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April 4, 2022

Kul is a 79-year-old man. He and his wife lost their son when he was very young, so they live with their nephew, who helps support them in their old age. Kul and his wife like to exercise, listen to the radio, and take care of the grandnephews and grandnieces.

A year ago, Kul cut his left big toe on a large rock. Due to his diabetic condition, he has poor circulation and the wound on his toe never healed. As a result, Kul developed a chronic infection that has the potential to spread to his leg. Kul visited a local health center for help, and they referred him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Upon review, surgeons at CSC determined that Kul’s left foot will need to be amputated.

On April 4th, Kul will undergo this procedure at CSC, which will address his infection, protect his leg, and help ensure he will not need to undergo any major amputations in the future. CSC is requesting $446 for the cost of this surgery and post-operative care. Kul was able to gather $100 to contribute to his care as well.

Kul shared, “It is difficult to lose my foot, but I want to be free of the infection and walk without pain again.”

Kul is a 79-year-old man. He and his wife lost their son when he was very young, so they live with their nephew, who helps support them in t...

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Kul's Timeline

  • April 4, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kul was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 4, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kul received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • April 5, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kul's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kul's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kul's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $446 for Kul's treatment
Hospital Fees
$86
Medical Staff
$353
Medication
$0
Supplies
$3
Labs
$3
Radiology
$1
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Often, patients in need of an amputation have inadequate blood circulation in an area of the body, causing affected tissues to die and allowing infection to develop. Other causes include severe injury, severe burn, serious infection that does not improve with other treatments, or thickening of nerve tissue.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Without treatment, patients are in pain and have difficulty using the affected area of the body. It may be difficult to conduct daily activities, work, or attend school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Severe injuries caused by traffic accidents or burns are common in Cambodia. Due to the limited availability of free treatment in Cambodia, injuries are ineffectively treated by Khmer traditional healers or not treated at all, causing symptoms to worsen over time.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Amputation is the surgical removal of all or part of a limb or extremity. Surgeons remove all damaged tissue, leaving as much healthy tissue as possible. They smooth uneven areas of bone, seal blood vessels and nerves, and cut and shape muscles at the end of the limb.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Amputation improves quality of life for patients. It relieves major pain and prevents infection from spreading.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Amputation is a low-risk, effective surgery. However, complications may include blood clots and slow wound healing.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Access to affordable or free surgery is limited in Cambodia. Patients travel for as long as twelve hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for free surgery. They arrive by bus, motorbike, or taxi with a family member.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Procedures that open blocked arteries may help restore blood flow. However, in the majority of cases, amputation is the only effective solution for healing.

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Ronald

Ronald is a middle-aged farmer from Kenya who is the thirdborn in a family of six. He and his family all live in semi-permanent houses and work as small-scale farmers. His father passed away years ago, so his mother, who is diabetic, was left to care for the children alone. Ronald studied up to the college level, but he could not secure a job in his field, so he now works as a casual laborer. He also helps his mother with house chores since she is sick and on medication, making it difficult for her to do them alone. With the income he earns through doing casual labor, Ronald helps support his family's basic day-to-day needs. Ronald was recently involved in a road traffic accident while traveling as a passenger on a motorbike. After his driver lost control due to being hit by another motorbike, they both fell on the tarmacked road, and the motorbike landed on Ronald's lower limbs. Fortunately, there were people around who helped them, but he could not manage to stand. He had to be lifted onto a passenger service vehicle, which took him to the hospital. Since he sustained an open fracture to his foot during the accident, it was treated as an emergency, and he was immediately taken to the operating room for cleaning and debridement. He was then admitted to the ward and is now waiting to undergo fracture repair surgery. He is currently in pain and unable to use his limb Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 12th, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the procedure, he will no longer be in pain and will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Ronald says, "I earn a living through casual jobs, which some are near and some are far from home. This state has actually brought me down. Please help me so that I may not be a burden once I am able to work.”

76% funded

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$872raised
$273to go

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